Election Day

LIHUE — Today’s the last day to cast your vote for your representation in government at all levels, including the next president of the United States of America.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and the public can vote until they close at 6 p.m. local time.

”We were really busy at early voting and cautiously optimistic that it’ll be a good turnout,” said Lyndon Yoshioka, Kauai County elections administrator. “We want people to get out there and vote.”

Races on Kauai include for county council, prosecutor, two legislative posts and seven charter amendments.

Even if you’re working today and your shift doesn’t allow time to vote when the polls are open, by law you get time off to take your part in Decision 2016. The law doesn’t apply to those whose work hours still allow them to visit the polls while they’re open — it’s only for those who have to be at work the entire time the polls are open.

The law allows employees to take two consecutive hours off for voting while the polls are open, and employees must provide a voter stub or proof of voting in order to avoid deductions in wages.

Today, voters should arrive at polling places with some sort of acceptable identification, including a valid photo ID, a copy of current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government-issued document that shows a name and address.

In order to take advantage of the shortest lines, elections officials are suggesting that people try to vote at their polling places in the afternoon, or at non-peak polling times.

“That does expedite the process,” Yoshioka said.

There are 15 polling places at which to vote on the island. Find yours by calling the Kauai County Elections Office at (808) 241-4800, or go online to www.kauai.gov/elections.

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